Lee Kent

ICED 2021

My paper ‘Mixed Reality Prototyping: Synchronicity and its Impact on a Design Workflow’ was accepted by the International Conference on Design Engineering (ICED 2021), this year hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The paper looked to answer two research questions

  1. What can be measured and mapped across the physical and virtual domains?
  2. How does parameter synchronicity impact a design prototyping workflow?

My paper was part of the session ‘VR Processes and Experiences’, and presented alongside papers exploring mixed reality for education, designing for empathy, and two papers looking to generalise when to use virtual reality in a design process. This set of papers led to a really interesting panel discussion, and I look forward to seeing the progress of their research.

The paper can be found here. I also worked to make the presentation more accessible by creating a video abstract and adding closed captions. I found this processing interesting to learn, as there are a huge number of tools that can enable the creation and embedding of captions into the video.

The tools I ended up using were Powerpoint to create the slides, OBS Studio to record the video, Subtitle Edit to create and finetune the subtitles and timings, and VLC to embed the captions over the video. VLC is extremely powerful, but very unintuitive, so I will be look for alternatives for future videos.

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